On Oct. 31, 2022, at about 11:08 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 2400 block of Glendale Drive in Blue Lake for the report of a disturbance.
Upon arrival at the residence, deputies located an agitated 19-year-old male vandalizing a residence and exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The male, who reportedly had consumed psychedelic mushrooms and other substances earlier in the evening, became aggressive upon deputy contact, vandalizing a patrol vehicle then charging toward a responding deputy. Deputies intercepted the male and detained him utilizing control holds. No one was injured as a result of the detention.
Due to his state of intoxication and self-inflicted injuries, the male was transported to a local hospital for medical attention. This case is being submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.
Use of psychedelic mushrooms is dangerous and is associated with many negative physical and psychological consequences, both for the user and those they are around at the time of use. The physical effects, which can last approximately 6 hours, include nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, drowsiness, and lack of coordination. The psychological consequences include hallucinations and an inability to discern fantasy from reality. Panic reactions and psychosis also may occur, particularly if a user ingests a large dose. Combined, these physical and psychological effects can put others at danger if the user becomes agitated.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or the Humboldt County 24-hour Substance Use Disorder Access Line at 1- 855-765-9703 for immediate assistance. To find treatment or support programs near you, visit findtreatment.gov.
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